‘Idol’ Runner-Up Kree Harrison Feels Like She’s Already Made It

May 17, 2013 7:31 am

Candice Glover may have won American Idol last night, but runner-up Kree Harrison isn’t holding a grudge!

The 22-year-old singer admitted to On Air with Ryan Seacrest moments after exiting the stage last night: “The feeling right now is bittersweet because it’s over so that’s the bitter part, but the sweet is me and Candice can both go and start our careers and that’s an amazing feeling because the whole reason I wanted to … have longevity and I get to go do that now, I hope.”

So what was going through her mind during her final Idol moments? “Everyone kept saying you’re so both too calm for this.”

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But Kree explains it was due to a lack of nerves. “Honestly, we already feel like we made it. This whole experience has been much more than we could have ever imagined and we’re so proud of each other and everybody and we get to go on tour now.”

The experience also left Kree sharing her personal life — the tragic loss of both of her parents at a young age — with millions of TV viewers.

Did she ever regret telling her story? “I think there was times where it become hard for me to talk about it because it is a story, but I feel like everybody has a story that will break your heart and at the end of the day it’s not my whole story. It’s just a part of me. I thought it was important to share because this is also me as an artist and a person.”

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As for that nickname that judge Nicki Minaj gave her, Kreedom. “[Even] my family calls me that now!”

Download Kree’s single “All Cried Outhere!